NEW YORK - Columbia head women's basketball coach Paul Nixon announced Friday that Patrena Y. Trice-Hill will join the Lions' coaching staff as an assistant coach. Trice-Hill brings 10 years of coaching experience and 14 years of professional playing experience to Morningside Heights. She was an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth over the past two seasons with prior stops at Shaw University, North Carolina State and Hampton University.
"We are absolutely thrilled that Trena Trice-Hill has joined our women's basketball staff as an assistant coach," Nixon said. "Her wealth and breadth of experiences as both a player and assistant coach at the highest levels of women's basketball will pay off immediately for our program. The young women on our team are very fortunate to have someone who will be an ideal role model for them as they continue to pursue excellence both on and off the court. The only thing that I have found about Trena that is more impressive than her basketball resume is the strength of her character. I am certainly looking forward to working with her."
"I am very excited and honored to be working at such a prestigious university and athletic department,” Trice-Hill said. "Dr. M. Dianne Murphy and I share the same passion for women's basketball and professional growth. I believe with my coaching and playing experience I can be a tremendous asset to the women's basketball program. I look forward to assisting Paul Nixon and his staff in rebuilding a championship team in the Ivy League."
Trice-Hill served as an assistant women's basketball coach at Virginia Commonwealth for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. She helped guide the VCU women’s basketball team to the WNIT both years to set a new program record with four consecutive postseason appearances. She was selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA and BCA Achieving Coaches Excellence (ACE) Program, which helps recognize and develop some of the game’s top assistant coaches.
Following a 14-year professional career in the WNBA and with the Federal International Basketball Association, Trice-Hill joined the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant at Hampton University in 2002. She helped guide the Pirates to back-to-back MEAC titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances before returning to her alma mater North Carolina State for a five-year stint under late Hall of Fame head coach Kay Yow. After her time with the Wolfpack, Trice-Hill accepted an assistant coaching position at Shaw University, where she spent the 2009-10 season.
Trice-Hill has specialized in developing talented post players. She mentored three WNBA Draft selections at NC State in Khadijah Wittington, Gillian Goring and Tiffany Stansbury. At VCU, she coached forward Courtney Hurt, who led the nation in rebounding (13.1 rpg) in 2011-12 and ranked second in double-doubles (23).
Trice-Hill has experienced success at each stage of her basketball career. As a player at NC State, she guided the Wolfpack to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and ranks among the school’s all-time greats with 1,761 points and 984 rebounds. Trice-Hill also led the Wolfpack to a pair of ACC Tournament titles (1985 and 1987) and an ACC regular season title in 1985. She was named All-ACC all four seasons, including a pair of first team all-league honors, a second team selection and was a member of the All-Freshman team. In addition, she was a two-time ACC All-Tournament selection.
Trice-Hill was a Wade Trophy Finalist in 1986, which honors the nation's best women’s basketball player, and went on to participate in the 1988 Olympic Trials. She is just one of seven players to have her No. 15 jersey retired at NC State and was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary team in 2002.
A native of Norfolk, Va., Trice-Hill graduated with a degree in speech communication from NC State. She is married to Derrick A. Hill and has one daughter, Kiana.